I'm stoked that it feels like Fall is here again! I absolutely love this time of year! And with Thanksgiving right around the corner (for us Canadians), it's a needed reminder for me to take a minute and be thankful for what I have.
"It's not happy people who are thankful, it's thankful people who are happy."
So, today I am taking a minute to appreciate what I have. I have ENOUGH. And not just enough, MORE THAN ENOUGH. We all know we're blessed to live in this country, but do we really KNOW it? It's so easy to take for granted the things we have that so many others do not.
Did you know that half the world lives on less than $2.50 a day? That's only $912.50 a year! And we complain that we're only making minimum wage.
Did you know that 900 million people cannot read or write? And we complain about going to school.
Did you know 1.1 billion people in developing countries have inadequate access to water, and 2.6 billion lack basic sanitation? And we complain when we have to clean the toilets.
Did you know 22,000 children die each day due to poverty? And we complain when we have to eat leftovers.
Did you know every year there are 350–500 million cases of malaria, with 1 million fatalities? And we complain when we get a runny nose.
Friends, I think it's time we wake up. Now don't get me wrong, I like nice things. I don't think there's anything wrong with spending $300 on a nice meal, or $100 on another pair of jeans. But we cannot sit back and complain about what we have, when so many have so little. We have to change our thinking.
"Gratitude turns what we HAVE into ENOUGH."
It takes a conscious effort everyday to choose to be thankful for what you have. It's so easy to get caught up in what everyone else has. The media is telling you to buy the most recent iphone, the newest model car, the current Fall styles, etc, etc; and while those are all fine things to work towards, you can't decide to be unhappy when you don't have them.
Count your blessings. Choose to be thankful for what you have. Instead of complaining when you have allergies, be thankful you have the extra money to buy claritin and a box of kleenex. Instead of wishing you had more money, be thankful you have a job and are making more than $2.50 a day. Instead of complaining when you have a busy day, be grateful that you have a life that's full and plentiful. Be thankful. CHOOSE to be thankful.
"What if you woke up today with only the things that you thanked God for yesterday?"